Nicole Kidman, Tom Hanks and Quentin Tarantino comment on Harvey Weinstein

Nicole Kidman has told young actresses to “make sure you are protected” as she spoke out on allegations of sexual assault facing Harvey Weinstein.

The Australian actress followed up a statement applauding those accusing the movie mogul of harassment and assault by urging women to stay strong.

She told Magic Radio: “Particularly for a young girl, it’s ‘take care of yourself, make sure you are protected, don’t let anyone break your spirit and be yourself’.

“So much of the time we model ourselves and our identities on what we see, and actually finding who you are and what you want to say and what your voice is, is one of the hardest things to do, but one of the most important things to do.”

Nicole Kidman (Matt Crossick/PA)

On Weinstein, she added: “I’ve been working now for well over two decades for UN Women to eradicate violence against women, this is very important right now – we cannot tolerate this behaviour.”

The film producer denies any allegations of non-consensual sex as he faces a litany of rape, harassment and assault accusations from a number of women.

Quentin Tarantino – who shared a long friendship with Weinstein – was also reported to have commented on the allegations. According to actress Amber Tamblyn, the director said: “For the last week, I’ve been stunned and heartbroken about the revelations that have come to light about my friend for 25 years Harvey Weinstein.

“I need a few more days to process my pain, emotions, anger and memory and then I will speak publicly about it.”

Other industry figures to speak out over the growing allegations include Evan Rachel Wood and Tom Hanks as well as director Oliver Stone, who appeared to defend Weinstein.

The award-winning filmmaker has sought to clarify remarks he was reported to have made at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea.

Stone told international media he was a “believer that you wait until this thing gets to trial”, adding: “It’s not easy what he (Weinstein) is going through.”

Oliver Stone

I’ve been travelling for the last couple of days and wasn’t aware of all the women who came out to support the original story in the New York Times. After looking at what has been reported in many…

Later he posted on Facebook: “I’ve been travelling for the last couple of days and wasn’t aware of all the women who came out to support the original story in the New York Times.

“After looking at what has been reported in many publications over the last couple of days, I’m appalled and commend the courage of the women who’ve stepped forward to report sexual abuse or rape.”

Stone added he would pull out of directing a prospective Guantanamo series “as long as the Weinstein Company is involved”.

Hanks hit out at Weinstein’s initial apology in which he claimed his conduct was a result of growing up in the Sixties and Seventies.

The Forrest Gump actor told the New York Times: “Well, that’s a really good question, and isn’t it part and parcel to all of society somehow, that people in power get away with this?”

He added: “Look, I don’t want to rag on Harvey but so obviously something went down there. You can’t buy: ‘Oh, well, I grew up in the Sixties and Seventies and so therefore…’

“I did, too. So I think it’s like, well, what do you want from this position of power? I know all kinds of people that just love hitting on, or making the lives of underlings some degree of miserable, because they can.”


 

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